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Our Texas Rangers are in the hunt , the Cowboys and football season are just kicking off and the final weeks of Campaign 2016 are finally upon us ….all signs that the holidays are just around the corner-with all this important stuff hanging in the balance, you need a night out!!!! so get ready to PARTY, MARGARITA STYLE, at the Arlington Margarita Society’s Annual Margarita Ball on November 18th at the Arlington Convention Center. This year we celebrate thirty four years of holiday cheer and the chance to make Christmas brighter for Arlington children in need. Be on the lookout for your invitation – it’ll hit your mailbox soon. Your invitation is good for two couples so grab your party pals (age 21 & older) for a festive evening – but please play it safe and pick a designated drive.

The doors open at 7:00 and the chips start flying in the casino at 7:30….and get ready; at 8:00 PARTY MACHINE will raise the roof and fill the dance floor. Make sure you have your dancin’ shoes on – this is an awesome band – we are glad to have them join our team. Smile - we will have a floating photographer capturing the coolest pics of the night and posting them on our facebook page.

For you loyal guests, you know the gig, For our new guests, it’s pretty simple – this is a night to shine yourself up in your best holiday attire, lace up your dancing shoes and enjoy a night of seeing old friends and making new ones. We’ll have complimentary margaritas, a fabulous casino, with fantastic prizes, a silent auction, and plenty of dance tunes. For you college football fans, have no fear, we will have 2 giant screens blasting out the biggest games of the week – you won’t miss a single play. As you can tell, we have something for everyone - all we ask is that you bring an unwrapped toy to help support a great cause!

This event comes together with the hard work of our wonderful facility host, the Arlington Convention Center and its dedicated staff and also by the efforts of The Arlington Margarita Society directors – 41 gentlemen with a deep commitment to our community. This year we say thanks to Mike Patterson, Tyler Patterson and Kyle Biery– 3 directors who retired from the board – best wishes to you as you re-focus your time to family and business. I’m pleased to welcome Zack Boonjue, Robert Shepard, Mike Gerro and Mark Shelton newest directors – WELCOME ABOARD! Once again, we’re proud to team up with the Arlington Police Association and Santa Cops. They do a great job working with AISD to make sure your toys make it to the kids who need a little extra support. This year the biggest needs comes from kids aged 8-12 but please, NO bicycles. THANK YOU APD – YOU ROCK! Last but certainly not least, is a big thanks to our generous sponsors – Reliable Paving, Viridian Development, LP, CHS Architects/Oak Hollow Properties, Customized Communications, Stadium Parking, Affiliated Bank, ProLawn Land Care, Kleiman Evangelista Eye Center, Wade Family Funeral Home , Joe Hall Roofing, Southside Bank, ……..and a special thanks to the Brentlinger family and Sterling Farms for providing trucks to move the toys – we truly appreciate it! Of course – it’s not a party without YOU, our guests – thank you for your generous support of a toy of at least a $30 value – what a difference you make. Just in case shopping isn’t your thing, we’ll gladly accept your donation at the door – cash, check or charge. We’ll even supply you with an envelope with your invitation, in case you can’t be at the ball, but would like to support the cause!

Thanks and I can’t wait to see you on the 18th

Don Duke, Chairman


Arlington Margarita Society Directors
Michael Austin
Married to Nicky. 2 Children, Ben(13),Ella(11). Employed with Ebby Halliday Real Estate. Graduate of Arlington High School and Tarleton State University.
Zack Boonjue
Zack graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering and a Master in Mechanical Engineering. Zack is the General Manager at PeirsonPatterson, llp., an Arlington law firm.
Daniel Burke
Paul Cary
Paul is a native of Arlington. He is a CPA and a partner in Sutton Frost Cary LLP, a CPA firm in Arlington.
Travis W. Cope
Travis is the Senior Regional Counsel for KB Home's Texas, New Mexico, Southeast US and Florida operations. A fifth-generation Arlington resident and graduate of Arlington HS, Travis is married to Nina with a son, Braden, and daughter, Arden.
Carl Cravens
Carl lives in Arlington with his wife, Lisa, and daughters, Mary Nelle and Edie and son, Coleman.
Clay Crudup
Clay and his wife Catherine live in Arlington with their two daughters, Claire and Campbell.
Ryan Dodson
Ryan and his wife Jessica live in Mansfield with their three children Jayne, Claire & Sam. Ryan is the owner of Dodson Development, a real estate development and investment company in Arlington.
Don Duke
Don is a health insurance broker for Coble-Cravens. Don, and his wife Cristy, have one daughter, Olivia, age 18. The Dukes live in Pantego
Jordan Foster
Jordan is Vice-President at Peyco Southwest Realty, a Commercial Real Estate Company located in South Arlington. He and his wife Catie have two children named Reid and Grace and currently reside in South Arlington.
Larry Fowler
Larry and his wife, Melody, live in Arlington. He is an Attorney with Shannon Gracey Ratliff & Miller and offices at the Ballpark in Arlington. He and Melody have one son, Brennan, who is a Freshman at Martin High School. Larry also serves on the Boards of the River Legacy Foundation, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is a member of the City of Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission.
Paul Fulks
Mike Gerro
Roy Gully
Mojy Haddad
Wally Hardin
Wally is the owner of THE MAN'S SHOP in downtown Arlington since 1972. Wally and wife Vicki are the proud parents of Kelsey, husband Jeromy, Kendyl, husband Paul, granddaughter Paige, grandson Tyler, and grand dog Jack.
John Hibbs
Married 30yrs to my lovely spouse Mary. We have three great kids Christian 26, Jaimie 24 and Erin 19. I have been employed by Bausch & Lomb for 24 yrs working as the Western Regional Manager for its Contact Lens Division.Interest include working with Youth Sports, Golf, Travel and Church leadership.
Christian Hibbs
Christian was born and raised in Arlington, he then graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2012 with a degree in Marketing and Economics. Christian is a Vice President-Commercial Lender at Affiliated Bank, located in Arlington. In addition to the Margarita Society he is a member of Young Men for Arlington, Arlington Chamber Young Professionals and a graduate of Leadership Arlington.
Jeff Jordan
Jeff lives in Arlington with his wife Kari and 3 daughters, Chandler, Cydnie & Colbi. Jeff is a Principal with First Texas Insurance Services, LC in Arlington, Tx.
Kris Landrith
A founding director and former President, Kris is an attorney who practices corporate, personal injury, real estate, title, and litigation law. He is a car collector and golf nut. He is married to Ellen Foreman Landrith.
Tony Loth
Tony has been married to Deborah since 1992. They have three daughters. He is the owner of Bailey Hardware and Hydraulics and a partner at Knight Waste Services.
Bill Martensen
Bill is a founding director as well as a former President of the Margarita Society. He has been a State Farm Agent in Arlington for over 35 years and is an owner of Blue Moon Equestrian Center in Granbury. Bill's lovely wife is Bonnie and he is the proud father of Todd, Blake and Kimi.
Tom McCarty
Jeff McCurdy
Mike McWithey
Randle Meadows
Randle is with Murphy Nasica & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in political strategy and issue management. He is a retired President of the Arlington Police Association which sponsors Santa Cops.
Greg Miller
Greg is a principal owner with Business Interiors, and BI Express Office Furniture. Greg lives in Mansfield with his wife Karen and their children Lisa, Michael, Scott and Gregory.
Jeff Pokrifcsak
Jeff is principal owner and COO of Streamline Packaging Solutions. He also serves on the Arlington Foundation board, the Arlington Arts Alliance board, and the city of Arlington's Planning & Zoning Commission. Jeff lives in Arlington with wife, Erin, and two young children, John & Olivia.
Tony Pompa
Marc Prda
Marc is First V.P. of Investments & Branch Manager of the Morgan Stanley office located at the Ballpark in Arlington. He enjoys watching the Rangers and boating with his wife, Leah! They have three "Young Adults"
Robert Rivera
Robert has served on the Arlington City Council since 2005. He is active in numerous community organizations. Robert is employed as an investment banker.
Kevin Schutte
Mark Shelton
Mark is a very active member in his local community. As a business and marketing professional, he uses his time and talents to assist preachers, teachers, and coaches in the mentoring of students and athletes, as well as encouraging and guiding aspiring young entrepreneurs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is always among the first to assist the community in times of need, from helping feed folks after a bad winter storm, flood, fire or tornado, to coordinating and hosting fundraisers for families that have gone through a tragedy, children illnesses, etc. Additionally he always supports the first responders, works with several non-profit organizations that help combat wounded veterans, and also teams up with the local homeless shelter frequently as he lives by the mantra that “it is our duty to serve those who serve us.” Recently, Mark was elected to the committee for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on God, Country and Family and helps strengthen the marriages of our military and first responders, by raising money for revitalization retreats.
Robert Shepard
Robert Shepard has been an Arlington resident for over 30 years. In 1980, Robert earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. He earned his doctorate in jurisprudence in 1983 from St. Mary’s University School of Law. With the Arlington law firm of Parks Huffman McVay Shepard and Wells, P.C., he is a shareholder, officer and director. Robert served on the City of Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission from 2001 to 2007, chairing the Commission from 2004 to 2007. In 2007, Robert was recognized as the City of Arlington Volunteer of the Year. Elected to the Arlington City Council in 2008 he remains the District Six – At–Large representative for the City of Arlington. Robert and his wife, Lori, have two daughters. They are members of the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield. He is best known for his love for family, community and his passion for music.
Scott Slover
Blake Wade
Blake lives in Arlington with his wife Maddie and daughter Harper. Blake is a licensed Funeral Director at Wade Family Funeral Home.
Ryan Walton
Ryan is a partner and Registered Principal of Walton & Lourcey, Financial Strategies in Arlington. He and his wife Kelly have three children Sam (6),Ben(3)and Hayes (3). Ryan has been associated with the Margarita Society since 2000.
Chad Woodard
Chad and his wife Amy live in Dalworthington Gardens with their 2 children Meghan and Emma. He is a principal at both AllTex Insurance and Coble Cravens Financial Services.
Matt Worthington
Matt and his wife Ryan live in Mansfield with their three boys Reese, Cole & Price. Matt is a graduate of TCU, class of 2002. Matt is the founder/owner of Worthington Monuments Inc. in Fort Worth.

Annual Gala

Mark your calendars and send your fancy duds to the cleaners. Yes that is correct; it is time for Arlington’s number one party extravaganza! Three decades have passed since our first Margarita Gala & Charity Ball and each year they have only gotten better.

Of course we will have our Casino and several great prizes to try and win as well as the addition of more Blackjack and Poker tables. We will again have huge televisions to watch the big games and, as always, our bands will be cranking out the greatest dance tunes for you to shake that “money maker”. Lastly, do not forget the most important feature of the Gala….FREE MARGARITAS compliments of Arlington Margarita Society and our Sponsors.

The purpose of the event has remained constant for thirty years; help those children who are less fortunate by providing them gifts at Christmas time. This is accomplished by asking each attendee to present a new, unwrapped toy ($30 minimum value) or make a donation of at least $30 at the door to gain entrance into the Gala!

If for some reason you are unable to attend and still wish to help out the kids; feel free to contact any of our Directors to make a donation.


Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX

November 18, 2017

7:00pm Doors Opens
7:30pm Casino Opens
8:00pm Entertainment Begins

Invitation Only
Coat & Tie or Cocktail Dress Required

Click here for the Sheraton reservation request form.

Coat & Tie or Cocktail Dress Required
Complimentary Margaritas and Cash Bar Available

All attendees must be at least 21 years of age and provide valid identification to be admitted.


Types of Toys Needed

  • Please DO NOT bring Bicycles, Tricycles, or Scooters
  • MP3 Players
  • Athletic equipment (balls, bats, etc.)
  • Dolls
  • Games, learning toys, electronic toys (please include batteries if toys require them)
  • Quality book collections

Though most of the toys are for younger children, we also need a few items for young teenagers.

Please do not gift wrap your toys.


Arlington Margarita Society would like to thank their sponsors for their support.

Sponsorship opportunities available.
Please contact a Margarita Society Director for more information.